17 It is not for the idolaters to tend Allah's Places of worship, bearing witness against themselves of disbelief. As for such, their works are vain and in the Fire they will abide.
18 He only shall tend Allah's places of worship who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and observeth proper worship and payeth the poor-due and feareth none save Allah. For such (only) is it possible that they can be of the rightly guided.
19 Count ye the slaking of a pilgrim's thirst and tendance of the Inviolable Place of Worship as (equal to the worth of) him who believeth in Allah and the Last Day, and striveth in the way of Allah? They are not equal in the sight of Allah. Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
20 Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah's way are of much greater worth in Allah's sight. These are they who are triumphant.
Ch 9 Ayat 17 to 20
Mazhar Ali Khan in this discourse, pertaining to the above Ayats, explains some significant points that the Muslims have to bear in mind, based on the way we are leading our lives. A little serious introspection would make us understand that these Ayats 17 to 20 is giving us the message to mend our ways and turn in repentance to Allah.